Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Behavioral Neuroscience Major

Preparation for the Major

PSYC 101Introductory Psychology3
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 260Statistics3
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHYS 137
137L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
MATH 150Calculus I (satisfies core Mathematics requirement)4
Introductory Biology Courses
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
OR
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution 13
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 225
225L
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
4
Total Units37-40

Major Requirements

A minimum of 28 units of upper-division coursework is required and must be distributed as follows:

Genetics
BIOL 300Genetics3
Biological Psychology
PSYC 342Biological Psychology3
Behavioral Neuroscience
NEUR 310Behavioral Neuroscience3
Capstone
NEUR 470Advanced Research Methods Behavioral Neuroscience Capstone4
Cognition
Select 1 of the following Cognition courses:3
Learning and Behavior
Cognitive Psychology
Evolution
Select one of the following:3
Animal Behavior: Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Evolutionary Psychology
Behavior Genetics
Evolution
Vertebrate Natural History
Cell/Molecular
Select one of the following:3
Vertebrate Physiology
Cell Physiology
Biochemistry
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
NEUR 492Major Field Test 10
Electives
Select 6 credits from the above courses, if not already used to fulfill requirements, or from the following:6
Human Evolution
Primatology
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Animal Development
Molecular Biology
Immunology
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Biochemistry Laboratory
Biophysical Chemistry
Clinical Neuroscience
Special Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Natural Science
Biological Physics
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology
Explorations in Human Sexuality
Advanced Research Methods Animal Behavior Capstone
Advanced Research Methods Conditioning and Learning Capstone
Total Units28

While students are not currently required to participate in research, students who are considering applying to graduate school or medical school are strongly encouraged to volunteer for at least two semester of research experience.

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology (or Preceptorial)3
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution (Students may complete BIOL 190, 221, 221L, 225, 225L or BIOL 240, 240L, 242, 242L. Students who select the BIOL 190 sequence should plan to complete all of these courses as soon as possible.)3-4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 150Calculus I4
Semester IIHours
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems4
OR 
Introduction to Organismal Diversity 
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psychology3
CC3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
PSYC 260Statistics3
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution4
OR 
Introduction to Cell Processes 
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC3-6
Semester IIHours
BIOL 300Genetics3
PHYS 137
137L
General Physics II4
CC9
Junior Year
Semester IHours
PSYC 342Biological Psychology3
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL3
CC9
Semester IIHours
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL3
NEUR 310Behavioral Neuroscience3
NEUR 470Advanced Research Methods Behavioral Neuroscience Capstone4
CC6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL 6
CC9
Semester IIHours
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL6
CC9

 The recommended program of study is intended as a guide to students in planning their college program. It is not expected that students will adhere rigidly to the sequence of suggested courses. A minimum grade of C- and a GPA of 2.0 in the 28 graded units of upper division course work used to complete the requirements for the major are required.

The electives chosen to complete the major requirements should be selected in consultation with your academic advisor with a view to achieving balance among the major areas of psychological knowledge. A maximum of 4 units from NEUR 496 can be applied toward the units required to complete the major. A maximum of 6 units of combined practicum, field experience and/or internship taken within the College of Arts and Sciences can be applied to the 124 unit degree requirement or 48 unit upper division requirement for graduation.

Due to the number of shared courses between the Behavioral Neuroscience major and the Biology and Psychology majors, students with a Behavioral Neuroscience major are not eligible to double-major in Psychology or Biology, or minor in Psychology.

Note: Transfer students who wish to graduate as psychology or behavioral neuroscience majors must complete a minimum of 12 Upper-Division Units of the required coursework at USD.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

NEUR 305, NEUR 310, NEUR 372, NEUR 410W, NEUR 470, NEUR 492, NEUR 494, NEUR 496, NEUR 499

NEUR 305 | CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 225 and BIOL 225L and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 342

This course explores the major areas of cellular and molecular neuroscience with a strong focus on basic principles of cellular neuroscience, including the biophysical basis of the membrane potential, action potential generation and propagation, axon guidance, neuronal cell biology, synapse formation and neural plasticity. At the molecular level the course will delve into structure of ion channels and receptors and molecular mechanisms underlying these cellular processes.

NEUR 310 | BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 225 and BIOL 225L and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 342

This course will explore the biological basis of human and animal behavior, with a focus on neural structures and function. Topics will include neural cell physiology, neurotransmitters and receptors, the development of the nervous system, sensory and motor systems, and the biological bases of learning and memory.

NEUR 372 | CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Community Service Learning

Prerequisites: PSYC 342

The goal of this course is to extend our understanding of the nervous system to the examination of the biological dimensions of neurological diseases and disorders. Students will have the opportunity to apply basic knowledge about the nervous system in order to make sense of actual clinical case studies. Topics will explore normal and abnormal functioning of the nervous system related to sensory and motor systems, language, vision, physiology, hormones and circadian rhythms, development, and neurodegeneration.

NEUR 410W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Core Attributes: Writing-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 342 and NEUR 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course is designed to provide in-depth, hands-on experience with the concepts, methods, and techniques used in behavioral neuroscience research, including anatomical and histological methods, and surgical and pharmacological manipulations. Written project reports, as well as a literature review and research proposal, will be required.

NEUR 470 | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE CAPSTONE

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Oral communication competency

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 342 and NEUR 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

In the capstone course, senior Behavioral Neuroscience majors will integrate what they have learned in their previous classes. In this particular class, we will take a more hands-on approach by conducting neuroanatomy, behavioral and neurophysiology experiments. In addition to these experimental modules we will explore behavioral neuroscience by reading and critiquing empirical literature and the methodology used to investigate issues in behavioral neuroscience. The course will involve the discussion and application of research methods and statistics concepts through course content and the completion of a research project (extensive reading of the empirical literature, designing an experimental study, and collecting and analyzing data); writing and revising a scientific, APA style research paper; and orally communicating the project in a presentation.

NEUR 492 | MAJOR FIELD TEST

Units: 0

As part of the department¿s assessment program, each graduating senior is required to take a major field test in psychology and senior exit survey (NEUR 492). A student who fails to do so may be restricted from graduating.

NEUR 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced undergraduate student with an opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary topics in behavioral neuroscience. These will be in-depth investigations on subjects of special interest to the instructor. Course may be repeated with different topics. Junior standing; additional prerequisites vary with topic and/or instructor.

NEUR 496 | RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-2 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Experience in serving as a researcher in a project conducted by a faculty member. By invitation. May be repeated for a maximum of six units. P/F only.

NEUR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: NEUR 310

Library, laboratory, or field research of the student's own design conducted under faculty supervision. A written application and final report are required. Senior standing preferred.